Iris Time Again

The month of May brings with it many beautiful colors of Iris flowers to the gardens — a most magical time.

“A little flower that blooms in May
A lovely sunset at the end of a day
Someone helping a stranger along the way
That’s heaven to me.”
~ Sam Cooke, “That’s Heaven To Me”

Iris time

Around the first week of May, many gardens in Tennessee come alive with showy flowers having a variety of colors and intricate details.  The greatly anticipated iris season only lasts a few weeks.  Though the life of the blooms are short-lived, the beauty and smell of the flowers linger in the mind until the next iris season rolls around.

On the first weekend in May, a town near us hosts an Iris Festival flower show.  This year, as always, we saw a number of beautiful varieties.

“There’s a picture there that lives in memory when it’s Iris time in Tennessee”  ~Willa Waid Newman

Bearded Iris

The town of Dresden, in Northwest Tennessee, has an Iris Festival on the first weekend in May.  Part of the festival includes a flower show.  Below are some photos from this year’s flower show as well as some of my favorite iris from around the area.

A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.”  ~Terri Guillemets